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Was blowing air to N64 Game Pack ever recommended?

No, it is not recommended. The actual solution is the taking out and re-seating of the connection. Blowing air is something of a weird behavior. You risk blowing moisture onto the contacts and ...
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Nintendo (SNES, N64, etc.) Cartridge Revisions

Nintendo has two forms of revision numbers that they use for their cartridge games. The first one is the "-n" identifier on the end of the serial number which means that something physical about the ...
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Why did Donkey Kong 64 require more than 4 MB of memory?

Does anyone know what exactly, nearly got that game pulled at all? Unfortunately, the actual issue will likely never be known, at least not any time soon. I will detail several technical reasons for ...
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Why does my Nintendo 64 randomly reset?

I got the exact same problem. It's overheating, the base of the system suffocates when it's over any surface (except the anti thermal ones I guess) because there's no decent airflow. The solution is ...
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How can I view the contents of my controller pak?

In the N64 era, there was a requirement that every game that had compatibility with the controller pack must have a menu to manage the controller pack's data. In most games that are compatible with ...
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Can an official N64 Rumble Pak be soldered to work without a battery?

There appears to be a few forums and videos showing that this is possible. One video includes this one: It seems all you have to do is de-solder a 60Ω resistor that ...
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Was blowing air to N64 Game Pack ever recommended?

Seems that Nelson's answer is right. To further back up the fact that this was not actually a good idea, seems that Nintendo even warns about it. Found this label at the back of the Gamepack (how ...
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Why did Donkey Kong 64 require more than 4 MB of memory?

Actually, there's evidence that the memory bug is just a myth. The origin of the story about the memory leak comes from an interview with Chris Marlow, a programmer who worked on the game. According ...
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Will an NTSC N64 Rumble Pak work in a PAL controller?

The following information doesn't seem to be easy to find so hopefully the following information can answer other questions. N64 game controllers and Rumble PAK's are not region specific. They all ...
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How can I play old console games on a modern TV?

We had this issue when trying to stream old consoles on Twitch because our capture card only works for HDMI. We found that this composite to HDMI upconverter from Amazon worked well (after trying out ...
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Playing games on older consoles with newer TVs with S-Video or better quality?

It may be not the direct solution for your problem, but there is this company in japan with great products for video capture, one of them is the XCAPTURE-1 you can get almost any input, and send to ...
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Unable to save progress on N64 cartridge

I've your battery is replaced and fully charged then the issue is most likely that the circuit which feeds that ROM chip isn't getting sufficient power. I would look into replacing the capacitors on ...
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Why does my Nintendo 64 randomly reset?

I had this same problem with my system, using several different expansion paks and AC adapters. I'd turn it on and it would last long enough for "Nintendo" to appear on the screen, then it would reset ...
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Why does my Nintendo 64 randomly reset?

According to at least two of the users on this thread, it wasn't any of the things mentioned in skovacs1's post but, instead, a loose-fitting power supply connector. The solution that worked for them ...
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Swapping boot and ROM chips on N64 cartridges

Sorry it's an old post, but I'm sure other folks are curious. The main symptom of CIC failure is the console resets during play or stays on a black screen at boot. Even if this is true, usually it's ...
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Connect Nintendo 64 to a modern flat-screen TV?

Coincidentally, I also have a 55" Vizio TV and a Nintendo 64, my favorite console of them all, in my room. For whatever reason, I was able to get my GameCube to work with the TV, but I never could get ...
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How should foreign consoles be powered in Britain?

You shouldn't need anything additional to power your N64 in Britain. I've found a few sources to back this up https://forums.the-elite.net/index.php?topic=19934.0 and https://forum.speeddemosarchive....
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Do Nintendo 64 motherboards fit in any revision N64 case?

tl;dr; A motherboard swap should work no problem. I still recommend my other answer, but as pointed out it doesn't address the original question. I pulled out a few spare consoles I have and found the ...
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Is there a difference between Nintendo 64 controllers used on PAL and NTSC systems?

As far as I know, the controllers are identical, I'm fairly sure the controllers themselves are not going to have any region-specific differences.
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Is it possible to mod an N64 controller to connect to a computer?

You can buy a USB N64 controller ($10 on ebay - link removed: see below). Edit: Don't buy them. I've bought many of these cheap N64 USB controllers, all from different sellers, and they're all crap. ...
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Why does my Nintendo 64 randomly reset?

This guy apparently has found a solution: a bit in the PSU (that block you connect to the console) has some loose part in it: I have taken my N64 PSU out for ...
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Did I just fry my Nintendo 64?

Get a PAL(European) console! The PAL console is specially designed for European Plugs and also support the PAL TV Format, it has many of the same games as it's US and Canadian counterpart.
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Setting up multiple old consoles to run through AV Switcher

Component (5 cables- Red Green Blue /Red(sometimes white with red stripe) White) and Composite (Yellow Red White) are not compatible. Radio Shack people are famous for not having a clue but pretending ...
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N64 hookup to hdtv

Get an S Video or Composite lead for the N64 instead. The image quality will be a lot better and there's no messing around with tuning in the TV.
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How do I play transferred Nintendo 64 games on my Wii U

This thread on the Nintendo help forums suggests that it may be possible if you delete the game and re-download it. It seems that some users have had success in playing N64 games in Wii mode, so I ...
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How can I play old console games on a modern TV?

A quick look at your user manual says you already have the composite ports there. You just need to use the green component for video and the red/white for audio. So no need to buy anything
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AV to HDMI 1080p Scaler Video Converter Outputting Sound But Not Video

Okay, so I did a little bit of digging, and it seems that I the converter I got was not what I thought it was. The one I got is apparently a very well-made copycat of the product I was trying to get. ...

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